Tested to Destruction #writephoto #microfiction

This is Sue Vincent’s latest picture prompt

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Alamogordo Airbase July 1945

‘Is that it, Oppenheimer?’
‘I… give me a minute, General. Jarvis, what in heaven’s name happened?’
Robert J Oppenheimer was the epitome of unflappability. Normally. This wasn’t even close to being ‘normally’. It didn’t help that he hated using a walkie talkie.
The General sighed while the man at the other end of the conversation – Hilton Jarvis – sniggered. Oppenheimer scowled and whispered. ‘What happened to the bomb?’
Jarvis sounded chirpy. ‘It blew sir. Just as you asked.’
Oppenheimer breathed slowly. He should drink less coffee. ‘All I can see is a rainbow in the shape of a teddy bear.’
‘Yep. Me too.’
‘Jarvis, this isn’t the time for some stupid joke. For the last three years we’ve been making a bomb to stop the war…’
‘Sure boss. When anyone sees our rainbow, man they’ll want to partaaaay.’
Oppenheimer stole a look at General Groves. His normally incandescent complexion was taking on an even more explosive hue. ‘For four years we’ve been working to split the atom and….’
‘Woah right there Mr Oppenheimer. Did you say ‘split’?’
‘Of course I said split.’
‘Erm, I think there might be a little ol’ miscommunication here. See, we’ve been working on a bomb that spits atoms…’
‘Spits?’
‘We thought, that is the team and me that if we’re going to have a mother of a bomb spitting out all those itty bitty atoms we’d go big, we’d go rainbow…’
Oppenheimer sunk to his knees. ‘This is a disaster. I even had a speech.’
‘Yeah?’
‘Shiva, the Hindu God: ‘I am become death the destroyer of worlds.”
‘Maybe you need to think more, you know, kitsch. Say Shirley Temple.’
‘Shirley Temple?’ The man wept, broken beyond repair as sound filled the viewing booth, a reedy male voice singing…

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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17 Responses to Tested to Destruction #writephoto #microfiction

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    LOL!
    Seriously though, I wish…

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  2. Oh no! Spare us, please!

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  3. If only they had just “spit” the atom. ☺ Great story, Geoff.

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    You are the master of this genre The good ship lolly pop is the cream on the mushroom cloud!! Pardon what did you say , or was it those inscrutable Chinese with their whispers? xx 🙂 🙂

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  5. 😀 If only your stories (well, some of them) could come true ……….. wouldn’t this ‘mis-hearing’ have been a good one.

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  6. Michael says:

    I think you should include such wonderful old songs in your own voice Geoff, at the end, what a way to finish a great story, had Oppenheimer only known…

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  7. Love the Teddy Bear reference, Geoff. You’ll have to tell us when the ideas for these bits of flash fiction come from.

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  9. If only that miscommunication had happened, and atoms spit not split.
    I love the way your mind weaves a story.

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  10. Agree with Jane. Please. Spare us.

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